Obituaries

OBITUARY: Karen Tomine

SACRAMENTO — Karen Tomine, described as “a dedicated and passionate advocate,” passed away on July 4, 2010 after an eight-year bout with breast cancer. She was 63. “Karen had tried every chemo regimen available over the course of eight years for her HER2-neu breast cancer, including targeted therapies,” her husband Chris told the Nichi Bei […]

OBITUARY: Cappy Harada

SANTA MARIA, Calif. — Tsuneo Paul Harada, affectionately known as Cappy Harada, passed away on June 5, 2010. The Santa Maria native was 88. He was born Oct. 16, 1921. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Kay Harada. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Alex and Etsuko Harada; his son, […]

OBITUARY: Satoru Kagehiro

KAGEHIRO, SATORU, passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 25, 2010 at the age of 94. He was born on February 22, 1916. He is survived by Setsuko (Doi), his wife of 64 years, sons Mike (Karen) and Ron (Mimi), and daughter Laura “Bonz” (Randy Otsuki), grandchildren Kevin (Maria) and Trevor (Mickey) Kagehiro, Lorin […]

OBITUARY: Anne Yamasaki

Anne S. Yamasaki, a noted calligrapher and volunteer for several organizations both within and outside of the Japanese American community, passed away from pneumonia on May 16, 2010. She had been battling lung cancer. A volunteer with several community groups and charitable causes, she passed away the day before her 74th birthday at the Pacific […]

OBITUARY: Kinji Shibuya

SLAM! Wrestling Kinji Shibuya, who died May 3 at the age of 88, once described his move from wrestling to acting in realistic terms that also applied to his 25 years of villainy in the ring: “You’re an ugly bugger and they wanted an Oriental villain or something like that. I was ready to oblige.” […]

OBITUARY: Kiichi Shiga

Shiga, Kiichi, passed away on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 after a brief bout with pneumonia and complications with emphysema. Kiichi was born in Los Angeles on May 27, 1915. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Irene Yoshiko. He is also survived by sisters Tayeko Sakai of Los Altos, Calif., and Keiko […]

OBITUARY: Harvey Itano

SAN DIEGO — UC San Diego Emeritus Professor of Pathology Harvey Akio Itano, MD, Ph.D., a distinguished physician-scientist who was the first Japanese American to become a member of the National Academy of Sciences, died Saturday, May 8, in La Jolla, Calif., of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 89. “Harvey Itano was one of […]

OBITUARY: Bobby “Bob” Matsuura

MATSUURA, BOBBY “BOB,” was born in Ogden, Utah on October 27, 1946 to Massey and Fumiko Matsuura. Bob was the oldest of four siblings, Fred, Nancy and Jerry Matsuura. Bob was married to Janice Ohara in 1969. They had two children, Rich and Ron Matsuura, and two grandchildren, Emi and Naomi Matsuura. Bob was 63 […]

OBITUARY:Matao “MATT” Shigio

SHIGIO, MATAO “MATT,” passed away peacefully on April 18, 2010 with devoted family members by his side. Matao was born in San Francisco on June 17, 1923 to Shichitaro and Yae (Kumamaru) Shigio. Beloved husband of the late Toshiko (Tanaka) Shigio, loving father of Dianne (Keith C. Harada, DDS), Randall (Linda Tatehara Shigio), and Roderick […]

OBITUARY: Misao Murakawa

MURAKAWA, MISAO, passed away on March 27, 2010 at the age of 95. Born in Watsonville, Calif., on March 20, 1915, she sailed to Japan with her parents and 4 siblings in 1919. She was raised and educated in Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture, returning to CA as a picture bride for Toshio Murakawa in 1934. With […]

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